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Another UCC First... new environmental resoiution from 
Synod 



Passed by General 
Synod 29 delegates 
on Monday July 1^\ 
201 3 at the Long 
Beach Convention 
Center was a 
resolution that calls 
for the UCC to 
divest of any Fossil 
Fuel companies in 
it's investment 
funds. This 
resolution is the 
"first of it's kind" bv 
any national faith 
community. 



This resolution calls 
for divestment by June 2018, which directly affects the strategies of our UCC United Church 
funds and the Pension Board. Both entities supported the resolution. 




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There was, however, some opposition on the debate floor to the resolution, primarily from the 
delegations from Montana, Wyoming and Kentucky. These states economies are tied to the 
fossil fuel companies. 

The resolution, originally brought to General Synod by the Massachusetts Conference, was 
passed by 72.5% of the delegates. According to Rev. Jim Antal, the major proponent, "this 
resolution will become a model for all faith communities who care about God's creation and 
recognize the urgent scientific mandate to keep at least 80% of the known oil, gas and coal 
reserves in the ground. .■. This vote expresses our commitment to the future. By this vote, we 
are amplifying our conviction with our money" 



Next step is, by General Synod 2015 in Cleveland, for United Church Funds and shareholders to 
research fossil fuel-free investment vehicles and to identify "best in class" fossil fuel companies. 



Additionally, delegates also 
passed a resolution on making 
UCC church building more 
carbon-neutral and to call on 
UCC congregations to 
conduct energy audits on their 
facilities as the first step toward 
carbon neutrality. 





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